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Psychic Octopus to Predict World Cup Results

England fans desperate to know whether their soccer side will beat Germany in the World Cup are anxiously awaiting the verdict of a psychic octopus, Sky News reported Thursday.

The eight-legged oracle -- named Paul -- correctly predicted Germany would beat Ghana but lose to Serbia in its groups games, its owners claim.

And on Friday morning two plastic boxes, one with the St George's cross and one with the German flag, will be lowered into his tank at Oberhausen Sea Life Centre in western Germany to foresee the outcome of Sunday's crunch second round game.

Each has a tasty morsel of food inside and whichever container the hungry octopus tucks into first will determine the winner.

England fans are eagerly awaiting Paul’s prediction after news of special powers reached Britain Thursday.
The aquatic pundit will have divided loyalties because, despite living in Germany, Paul was born at an aquatic centre in Weymouth, southern England.

"For the European Championship in 2008 Paul had a success rate of more than 80 percent for the German games," said Tanja Munzig, a spokeswoman for Sea Life in Oberhausen.

"And for this World Cup, he has had a 100 percent success rate so far."

To see pictures of the psychic octopus, visit SkyNews.